Wichita, Kansas. The big city with the small hometown feel. While it may be the biggest city in the state of Kansas (population 390,591 as of the last census), it never lost its charm with all the growth. Another thing the city hasn’t lost is its affordability. The cost of living in Wichita is 8% lower than the national average (according to Payscale.com). This also led Areavibes.com to rank the city an A+ in the amenities category.
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Luckily for certified perfusionists, SpecialtyCare is hiring there right now. If you’re already in the field and thinking of a big move, Wichita is definitely worth your attention. Let’s zoom in on what the city might have to offer if you were to move.
Lots of Fun Things To Do
To kick things off, Wichita is home to over 30 museums, the best of which can be found at the Museums on the River District. All within 2 miles of each other, these 5 museums run along the gorgeous Arkansas River. There’s Botanica Wichita, Exploration Place, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Old Cowtown Museum, and the Wichita Art Museum, which is surrounded by a new art garden with plantings and pathways that highlight outdoor sculpture. Admission always free on Saturdays at the Wichita Art Museum.
Wichita also has art galleries, botanical gardens, and a world-class zoo called Tanganyika Park, an interactive zoo that allows you to get up close and personal with the animals, like feeding a giraffe and petting a kangaroo. And for film buffs, Wichita is definitely a movie town with one of the largest IMAX theaters in the country.
Once considered the biggest screen in the world, the Warren IMAX theater has an 82ft 3D screen and 601 seats. Then there’s the annual Tallgrass Film Festival, specializing in independent films every October. It was ranked in the Top 50 Film Fests worth the entry fee by MovieMaker Magazine. Last year they screened a whopping total of 170 films.
Getaways to Kansas City & Oklahoma City
Luckily for you, by moving to Wichita, you’ll basically gain access to 3 big cities as a package deal. Oklahoma City is 2.5 hours away and Kansas City is only 3 hours away. For basketball fans, this is an absolute dream. First off, you have the Wichita State Shockers, a Division I team with 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and 2 Final Four Appearances. There’s no traffic in Wichita, so catching a game is a total breeze.
Then for NBA fans, you have the Oklahoma City Thunder any time you feel like hitting a game. More into football and baseball? Kansas City’s got you covered with the Chiefs and the Royals. And speaking of Kansas City, their live music scene will keep any fan happy all year round with popular venues like Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, the Westport Saloon for roots-inspired music, and Riot Room for punk bands and indie rock.
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